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A 12-year-old student in the Williamsville Central School District was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making a bomb threat, according to the Amherst Police Department. Police said the student, who attends Mill Middle School, is being charged with making a terroristic threat. The case will be referred to Erie County Family Court. In a letter to parents that was r…

Crime

Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions in Western New York are investigating a recent string of 11 armed robberies that are "possibly linked to a similar suspect," according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Authorities say the robberies have occurred over the last three weeks at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Erie and Niagara Counties, wi…

Amherst

A woman reported to Amherst Police Friday that she was the victim of a purse-snatching on Maynard Drive. The woman told police that she was accosted shortly before noon by a man she did not know who grabbed her purse from her as she was walking from her parked car toward her residence. Police said she last saw the man traveling on foot southbound on Callodine Avenue.…

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Two people charged with possessing a stolen car in Buffalo this week ran into what they might consider some remarkably bad luck. First, the stolen SUV sustained some tire damage, so they took it to a repair shop on Main Street on Tuesday morning, according to police reports. As the vehicle sat in the shop's parking lot, the black Lexus SUV caught the eye of someone: …

Crime

In 2011, Matthew E. Bartz of Lockport, who police believed had been involved in more than 70 burglaries, was arrested following a three-day manhunt. In 2013, he was discharged after successfully completing a drug treatment program. Last Monday, he was arrested by Amherst Police for several burglaries across Western New York. Amherst Police announced Thursday that …

Amherst

Amherst Police have released the identity of a 76-year-old Williamsville man who suffered an apparent medical emergency that led to a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on Essjay Road. Dennis J. McDonnell, who was transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after the accident, was transferred Wednesday to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition…

Crime

Three local police departments have been awarded funding from the state Attorney General's Office to buy body-worn cameras. The Buffalo Police Department will receive $150,000 to buy 300 body cameras, the AG's Office announced Thursday. Amherst police will get $37,625 for 43 cameras, while police in Niagara Falls will receive $51,791 to buy 64 cameras and nine camera…

Amherst

A 13-year-old Sweet Home Middle School student was arrested Wednesday after Amherst Police responded to an alleged threat made at the school, according to Amherst Police. The youth, whose name was not released, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, Amherst Police said. The youth was taken into custody, police said. Amherst Police said the…

Crime

Amherst police Friday responded to a report of a robbery on Snyder Woods Court, according to the Amherst Police Department. When officers arrived at 12:30 p.m., the 71-year-old victim told them that he had been robbed in his garage, police said. Police described the suspect as a male, about 6 feet tall, who was wearing a black and gray jacket and whose face was cover…

Erie County

A pedestrian struck by a car on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Monday morning has been hospitalized, according to Amherst Police Department. The accident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Irvington Drive, about a quarter-mile north of Ellicott Creek. Amherst Police said Karl Booker, 31, of Tonawanda was struck Monday morning as he attem…

A Town of Tonawanda man Friday pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. According to prosecutors, on Feb. 8 John Drake, 34, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by Amherst Police speeding on Niagara Fal…

Amherst

Three students have been charged in connection with Tuesday's bomb threat at Williamsville North High School, according to Amherst police. A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged with making a terroristic threat, police said Wednesday. Their names were not released. The 16-year-old was charged as an adolescent offender and the matter was sent…

Amherst

An Amherst man was arrested Wednesday and charged after allegedly firing a gun at an Elm Road address in the town, according to Amherst Police. Alexander Williams, 22, of Eggert Road, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree weapons possession, criminal possession of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which are all fel…

Amherst

A woman pedestrian was injured after she was struck by a vehicle Tuesday in a Main Street plaza parking lot, according to Amherst Police. Police responded to the accident at around 5 p.m. at 3500 Main St., police said. The 26-year-old woman was transported by Twin City Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for a chest injury, according to pol…